Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Terra McKinnish

Second Advisor

Martin Boileau

Third Advisor

Will Kleiber

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of poverty on the performance of k-12 public schools in Colorado. It employs ordinary least squares on tabulated, panel data in Colorado from 2003 through 2014. Through its use of a variety of school performance outcomes and independent variable groupings, this paper finds that (i) poverty has a significant and substantial effect on public school performance, and (ii) Black and Hispanic students in Colorado are significantly more greatly affected by poverty than White students when it comes to their performance in school.

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